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Seth Lederman, the CEO of Tonix Pharmaceuticals, superimposed over several images of the vaccinia virus.

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Analysis & Opinions - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

A biotech firm made a smallpox-like virus on purpose. Nobody seems to care

| Feb. 21, 2020

The new synthesis of the vaccinia virus (related to smallpox) threatens global biosecurity — especially because "global biosecurity can be endangered not just by biological warfare and bioterrorism, but also by laboratory accidents with dangerous pathogens."

A biosecurity manager for USAMRIID steps into a decontamination showroom during a tour of USAMRIID's Patient Containment Lab at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. Wilhelmson is wearing a Biosafety Level 4 positive pressure suit. A new “bio-surety” program, ai

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Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Biosecurity Reconsidered: Calibrating Biological Threats and Responses

| Mar. 31, 2010

The risks posed by biological threats are increasing, and biosecurity has risen higher on the international security agenda. Yet the lack of a common definition of biosecurity, the range of biological threats, and differences of opinion over the most important threats hinder the development of effective bioterrorism counterstrategies. A definition that includes naturally occurring, accidental, and deliberate disease outbreaks, combined with a taxonomy of threats that identifies the sources of and groups at risk for biological threats, would help policymakers assess and manage these risks, prevent and respond to biological threats, and further biosecurity research.


Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Pathogens as Weapons: The International Security Implications of Biological Warfare

| Winter 2003/04

Koblentz examines the role of biological weapons on four other key areas of concern: proliferation, deterrence, civil-military relations, and threat assessment. Koblentz looks at the influence of secrecy in all four areas and offers the following insight: not only does secrecy hinder verification; it also weakens deterrence, impedes civilian oversight, and complicates threat assessments.